The dog days of summer are officially here and that means warmer weather, longer days, and green grass all around! But as the mercury rises this July, it can also be a trying time for homeowners who want to keep their yards looking amazing. To help you out, we’ve put together 5 simple tips to make your yard shine while beating the heat. From mowing techniques to weed prevention strategies, these easy-to-follow tricks will have your yard looking lush and beautiful in no time!
This July, continue frequent mowing as you normally would, but take extra care to avoid mowing when the grass is too wet. Wet grass can cause clumping and thatch build-up, both of which are bad for your lawn. If possible, try to mow early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid cutting during the hottest part of the day.
Irrigate only enough to prevent turf wilting (about 1″ of rain or irrigation per week – more if experiencing drought conditions). When irrigation is needed and conditions are hot and humid, Irrigate between 2-8am to prevent evaporation, and not in the evening since wet turf can promote diseases. Irrigate two to three times a week as soil absorption allows.
You should avoid frequent, daily irrigation as this can lead to shallow root systems and an overabundance of weeds.
Insects can be troublesome in July, and there are a number of steps you can take to keep them at bay. Start by keeping your grass cut short as this helps prevent surface insects from taking hold. If you start to notice signs of infestation (brown patches on the lawn, visible tracks or tunnels, etc.), act fast with an appropriate insecticide or contact a professional for help. We recommend treating your lawn with Spectracide Triazicide Complete Insect Killer early in the month.
Fungal diseases can become an issue during the summer months. If you start to notice discoloration, wilting or curling of grass blades, it’s time to take action with a fungicide. We recommend applying Bayer Advanced Fungus Control for Lawns from mid- to late July if signs of brown patch are noticed or humid, moist evening conditions are present.
Herbicides are beneficial if you’re looking to prevent the growth of crabgrass, dandelions, thistles, or other weeds. When applying herbicides this July, be sure to read the instructions carefully and apply only when temperatures are below 85°F. Apply broadleaf / selective herbicides (Bayer Complete concentrate) to troubled spots but only if the grass is not drought-stressed.
Wild bermudagrass also tends to be troublesome in the Triad. If you are having issues with wild bermudagrass, consider treating it with Turflon Ester or wait until next month to kill it.
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At GLS Landscaping & Maintenance, we understand the importance of a healthy lawn and how difficult it can be to keep up with maintenance. We specialize in residential and commercial lawn care services such as mowing, fertilization, aeration, weed control, and more. Our team of experienced professionals will help you keep your yard looking perfect all summer long. Contact us today for a free quote!